There is a need for us to support smaller British films and not be unnecessarily cruel when discussing their relative merits. It is for this reason that I won’t linger too long on today’s release of Plastic and will be as kind as possible.
Ed Speleers, Will Poulter, Alfie Allen, and Sebastian De Souza star as a group of British boys/men/youths who run a successful small time fraud ring that steals credit cards, buys expensive goods, and sells them on to their unconscientious peers. All goes awry when they steal from the wrong man and find themselves owing a strange amount of money to a generic gangster type. After stealing £50k worth of goods to prove their worth (far too easily for it to seem like the challenge the plot required) they are offered three options; bring the thug £250k each week forever more, pay off a lump sum of £2 million in two weeks, or get buried out in the forest.
Most of the gang want to go for the monthly payment plan but their lead conman Sam chooses the one off payment. Everybody protests but reluctantly agree with him. At this point I did the sums in my head and decided that this was by far the better deal. You know I love a good sum. This brief interlude whilst I did quick maths by myself was the most fun the film was going to give me. From here the lads (LADS!) recruit a potential love interest and inside (wo)man played by Emma Rigby to get them the credit cards of big spenders for one big con before everyone heads to Miami for some nonsense. The plot unfolds in a relatively predictable fashion and a farcical plot is taken far too seriously.
Despite the young cast and glamorous setting the film fails to fulfil on its promise of fun and adventure. Plastic ends up being a mix of Hustle and The Inbetweeners but rather than featuring the best parts of each, the clever plotting and the laugh out loud humour, we are left with a ludicrous mess.
The director is trying all he can and the cast put in their best efforts but none of it can bring the mediocre script (the result of no less than three writers) up to an enjoyable level. There is a relatively well executed shoot-out and one decent stunt but this is all that can be said for a film that, as a whole, is a failure. And to think that this review was me being kind.
There’s a chance that Plastic might please the young crowd but it doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny.
Plastic is in UK cinemas from today.